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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual ex-pat Scot, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Beetle-driver, textbook-writer, long-distance biker, geocacher and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours.

Oh, and after the death of his old dog, Kosmo, he also has a new bulldog puppy, Clara, since September 2018 :-)

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today we remember the Shoah, the dreadful Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis during the third reich. Some of you will never have seen inside a concentration camp; I encourage everyone to visit one of the memorials at e.g. Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald and let the horror wash over you. I took a friend there in 2015, because he'd never seen one. Here is my photo of the ovens in Buchenwald, taken in 2015. See them and weep.

Note to both Davids (IL and NY) : I apologise if the photo upsets you.

Comments (2)
Billions of Versions... (Mike) wrote " One can only hope that the people that were put in there were already dead." They were, Mike. Usually asphyxiated in a gas chamber (disguised as a shower facility). Some were shot (e.g. Ernst Thalman, communist, just around the corner of this crematorium.). Over 6 million killed by the Nazis :-( Is the holocaust not taught about in US history school classes?
Anon wrote "Just in time for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a Tennessee school district has banned Maus, an amazing, Pulitzer-winning graphic novel by Art Spiegelman about his family but especially his father, Vladek, who survived the Holocaust." Sadly, that's true. I also remember reading another book banned here "The Iron Dream" by Norman Spinrad, where you read half way through before realising you're on the wrong side!

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Memories are made of this...

Kansas blogfriend Cop Car recently found some old Zip drives and has been dissembling them to destroy the data on them before disposal. I found some too, and considered her offer that she send me her old Zip drive. However I found only 3 removable discs. These were labelled O,V and S respectively. After 3 days I remembered that these cryptic acronyms stood for Grandfather - Father - Son (german abbreviations) so these were a 3 generational rotating (sic!) backup system from way back when and thus useless. I now use a 3 TB backup RAID-1 mirrored disc pair. So the Zip discs are going in a sack and being hammered into pieces before being discarded and I will not need CopCar's generous offer of her (110 volt) Zipdrive. Thankyou anyway, CC.

Go look at CopCar's photos of her Zip discs, they are the size of a 3½ floppy. For size comparison here are 10 MB of storage from the nineteen-sixties :-)

Comments (2)
Cop Car wrote " That is one huge disc, Stu, but it surely is not floppy! Thanks for the photo. Most of us mere users would have no reason to know whether the mainframes that we used in the ‘50s and ‘60s employed such discs. All I knew about were tapes. In the case of my job in ’59-‘61, Loops were made from pieces of B-52 ground or flight vibration test data on B-52s, for Power Spectral Density (PSD) analyses. I was not to worry about PSDs again until ’81-’83 when I led a group charged with using data from various US/NATO Air Force aircraft (from the F-16 to A-10 to C-5A to B-1; old stuff, now) to develop smoothness requirements for repaired, bomb-damaged aircraft operating surfaces. The group charged with developing equipment to do the repairs spent much time there at Rhein/Main Air Base. I had the opportunity to operate some of the equipment ; unfortunately, not in Germany. : (" I used to do Cepstra calculations using the (then new) Fast Fourier Transform, in the 1960s.
Billions of Versions... (Mike) wrote " I remember seeing pictures of disks that big but never got to see any in person. I wonder if there are any still around." I doubt it, but you could ask at the IBM computer museum if they have a 305 RAMAC disc.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Going to Mars

The weekend is always amusing, largely due to Mike's blog Billions of Versions... which has a long joke each sunday, preceded by a lot of short one-liners on each saturday. Go read them; I don't know how he manages to come up with all these jokes, even including some puns. I know how hard these are because I try to make up at least one pun a week. So this fictional story is written for Mike :-

So, Elon Musk - Master Mind of Mars - has a conference call via Zoom with some of the supporters of his Mission to Mars. Elon does so from his laptop in the bar of whatever hotel he is staying at during his many travels. Always the bar. This time the meeting was to decide on a name for the mission, but the invite was so badly worded that many thought they were merely supposed to find a name for the conference call.

That's how the mission to Mars came to be called the Bar-Zoom Mission ;-)

Apologies to Edgar Rice Burroughs ;-)

Comments (1)
Billions of Versions... (Mike) wrote " Today I learned about Barsoom." Early SciFi classics, maybe TOO early for you young folks ;-)

Friday, January 14, 2022

Make me a sandwich, please

Over on her blog, Cop Car has been telling us about what she and HH eat when they go out to dine. But here it doesn't have to be a restaurant. So today I'll tell you about an evening at a friend's man-cave and a not-so-simple sandwich :-)

Downstairs is the garage holding several bikes, here are three 1980s-1990 Harleys, immaculately restored to concours condition, even oiltight after 40 years ;-) The beige Harley on the right has a sidecar attached and so is suitable for winter use (aka ice/snow). All are registered and insured and so can be ridden at any time. The empty space in the front is reserved for a new everyday bike due to arrive next month. The man-cave proper is upstairs, where a Hercules and a couple of Zundapps (p)reside. There is also a large table and very comfortable chairs in which we lounged. A powerful space-heater and a well-stocked fridge (beer, coke etc) make it warm, cozy and inviting. But enough about the man-cave.

Cries of "Make us a sandwich, please" led to the lady of the house introducing her surprise; we had used the singular instead of the plural "sandwiches", so that is what we got ! A single filled lye-pretzel, which was however over 2 feet across!

There were multiple sections with 6 various fillings, ham, chicken, camembert, smoked salmon, emmentaler, egg salad. Each like a six-incher from Subway. The brown colour of the bread is from lye leaching, it is not burnt. After we'd each had three or four of these, washed down with a litre of beer, we were all full! Feeds six.

So, Cop Car, this was MUCH better than Texas Toast ;-) Give it a try yourselves.

Suggestions for the man-cave included adding a beamer and a white projection screen for watching our biker movies and You-Tube videos; so we are looking forward to many a pleasant winter evening. Cheers! :-)

Comments (2)
Jenny (Ibiza) wrote "That pretzel reminds me of the movie 'Supersize Me!' ;-)" Back when that movie came out, Subway tried to use it a base for an advertising campaign for their product being healthier than MacDonalds. Without success.
Cop Car wrote " That lady either has a large oven or found an establishment to provide (and hopefully slice) the pretzel. How clever of her. I enjoy a fresh pretzel, when I can get one. COVID put a stop to trips to such places. I would consider a pretzel marginally more healthful than white bread, sugar being missing in the pretzel, but it is more fun to chew. I do enjoy a sandwich from Subway, and enjoy their chopped salads even more." Zach bakes the pretzels, she told me.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Bat out of Hell :-)

Liz has a piece up today about driving her husband's oldtimer Porsche 944 complete with photo. So this is an excuse to show you MY tuned 944 oldtimer, 1985 Targa edition, red, everything is manual from gearbox, steering w/o servo, to the window winders.
Not quite as fast as it once was, but still goes like a bat out of hell :-)

Well I've removed the photo of the 944 speedo on full chat because it looked like juvenile bragging. Which it was. Instead I'd like to say that Liz lives in the UK which has a blanket 70 mph speed limit. Here in Germany we don't, so a 944 can go well over twice that speed even if it is 37 years old :-)

Comments (3)
Liz (D) wrote " Wow, Stu, your Porsche is lovely and shiny! I will show the photos to Mike. Alfie is getting a little bit rusty around the edges, could do with some TLC but currently it’s difficult to get in the garage with cars and scooters and loads of other people’s stuff." I've recently rearranged our garage so 2 cars just fit by storing all the garden equipment etc elsewhere. BTW the shininess comes from polyurethane polish.
Jenny (Ibiza) wrote "I've got an LP by Meat Loaf, called Bat out of Hell :-)" As have I, and I saw him in the Rocky Horror Picture Show too.
Sarah (UK) wrote "Sadly Meat Loaf died thursday evening." Covid : I heard that too.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

USA, you disappoint me!

It has been one whole YEAR already since that orange shitgibbon and his authoritarian fascist cronies planned and executed a seditionist coup on the White House, which thankfully failed. And STILL you haven't jailed any of the ring leaders! The US justice department needs to pull its finger out and lock them ALL up BEFORE the next midterms/elections!

At least, start off by issuing arrest warrants!

And get the whole family for ignoring commission/court orders!

Also investigate VP Pence's role!

Somehow stop the corruption in the Senate etc.

Unrelated, stop the racist murders by US cops too!

Comments (3)
Karl (D) wrote "I don't understand that last pic." Took me a while too, until I noticed that all the bullet holes are in the black and none in the white pieces of the target of the police shooting practice :-(
Pergelator wrote " Found this wonderful line on Handwaving Freakoutery.
On the one year anniversary of this publication’s jump to SubStack, in the wake of the January 6th 'coup' or 'protest' or 'cute revolution cosplay' (depending on your media source) . . . I'm going with 'cute revolution cosplay' . "
I liked Biden's speech and how he always said 'the former president' without naming him once :-). That pissed tRump off! :-)
David (NY,NY) notes "Jacob Chansley, the convicted 'QAnon Shaman,' was sentenced to 3-1/2 years for his actions on Jan. 6, 2021." One down, hundreds more to go. And I find the sentence too lenient.

Monday, January 3, 2022

STEM book tip

This book tip is for all my friends who also enjoy popularised STEM books.

STEM is an acronym standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. One of my favourite STEM authors is mathematics professor Ian Stewart, of whose many books (35+) I have read about a dozen. This one (ISBN-10 = 0465085989) is a soft-cover version costing €17.90 on Amazon in Germany.

Quoting from the cover blurb : "Most people are familiar with history's great equations: Newton's Law of Gravity, for instance, or Einstein's theory of relativity. But the way these mathematical breakthroughs have contributed to human progress is seldom appreciated. In In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart untangles the roots of our most important mathematical statements to show that equations have long been a driving force behind nearly every aspect of our lives. Using seventeen of our most crucial equations -- including the Wave Equation that allowed engineers to measure a building's response to earthquakes, saving countless lives, and the Black-Scholes model, used by bankers to track the price of financial derivatives over time -- Stewart illustrates that many of the advances we now take for granted were made possible by mathematical discoveries."

The 17 equations whose history are covered are :-

Personally, I would have included e+1=0, making 18, but he chose not to.

Of the 17 equations I have never had cause to use either the Navier-Stokes equation (fluid flow) nor the Black-Scholes equation (financial marketing), but otherwise I've used the other 15 over the course of my 77 years, so yes, he made a good choice when he wrote this in 2012.

While some of his other books have more of a humourous touch, this is one focussing on the history of the formulae and their contribution to mankind's scientific progress. I was given it for Xmas 2021 and have finished it already. That's a mark of quality, so, yes, highly recommended.

Comments (1)
Schorsch (D) writes (I translate) "You're multilingual, so you might like this German maths book too : Pi und die Primzahlen: Eine Entdeckungsreise in die Mathematik, by Edmund Weitz, ISBN 978-3-662-62879-9, written 2021."

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